Volunteers are getting their gardening tools ready to help plant some 1,500 flowers around the Westmoreland County Courthouse at the annual Courthouse Planting Day May 18.
Each May for the past 15 years, volunteers from the Botanical Society of Westmoreland County, the Penn State Westmoreland County Master Gardeners, and the Westmoreland Conservation District spend an afternoon planting flowers in beds and planters around the county courthouse.
The plants and flowers, which will add beauty and color all summer long, include coleus, wave petunias, sweet potato vines, polka dot plants, purple coneflowers, scaevolia, purple fountain grass, prairie sun coneflowers, and rex begonias. Hanging baskets will decorate the courtyard, too.
About 40 volunteers are expected to help with Monday’s planting day, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.During the summer months, volunteers from the Penn State Westmoreland County Master Gardeners will continue to make sure that the gardens are looking their best by watering and weeding the flower beds, planters, and baskets.